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Prime Minister: Belevics’ political career is over

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Friday, 10 June, Healthcare Minister Guntis Belevics submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis.

Kucinskis has accepted Belevics’ resignation and has issued an order to dismiss him from his post, as confirmed by Kucinskis in an interview to the press.

«Justification from my side is that he lied, which he admitted to me yesterday. I believe that my decision to turn to Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau was the right decision. Even if I hadn’t made this decision on my own, those facts would have surfaced anyway,» – said Kucinskis.

The Prime Minister also reprimanded Belevics for lying. «If you’re involved in something, it is one thing. But at least be a man and admit doing it!»

Kucinskis mentioned that the possibility of receipts being forgeries still has to be checked, because it is possible that Belevics’ presented receipts for payments in a private clinic could have been ‘some other receipts’.

Following Belevics’ dismissal, responsibility over Latvia’s Healthcare Ministry will be delegated to Transport Minister Uldis Augulis. The Prime Minister added that it is necessary to find a new Healthcare Minister as soon as possible. The next minister will have to be capable enough to tackle the government action plan, said Kucinskis.

He reminded that talks about healthcare industry’s model should begin this summer so that the government would be able to say how things will come together in autumn. Kucinskis added that the search for a new Healthcare Minister has already begun.

When asked if Belevics plans to leave the Saeima as well, the Prime Minister noted that this question should be addressed to Belevics. «From my point of view, however, his political career is over,» – said Kucinskis.

Belevics is a deputy in the Saeima and member of Latvias Green Party’s management board.

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